Dalton files for empty governor seat

Posted February 21, 2012

— North Carolina's lieutenant governor stepped up Tuesday to run for the top job.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton kicked off his campaign for governor in Durham, where he stressed that his campaign would focus on better jobs, a stronger economy and a re-commitment to quality education.

“We all know our economy is in transition,” Dalton said. “Tobacco, textiles and furniture are not the giants of the North Carolina economy they once were. Competition today is global, and North Carolina must be ready and able to compete in this 21st century economy."

Durham Mayor Bill Bell said Dalton offered a bright future for the state.

“He will fight for good-paying, skilled jobs and a strong public education system that is the foundation for our economy," Bell said.

Dalton is a former small-town lawyer from Rutherfordton, in western North Carolina. He served six, two-year terms in the state Senate before becoming the understudy to Gov. Beverly Perdue almost four years ago.

He noted that Republican leadership in the General Assembly promised to eliminating fraud and waste but wound up cutting teaching positions and student financial aid.

"Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are doing lasting damage to our state, and they are wrong," he said. "But together we can change the course."

McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, has filed for The Republican nomination for governor.

State Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County, Gary Dunn of Matthews and Gardenia Henley of Winston-Salem have filed as official candidates for the May Democratic primary. Former 2nd District Congressman Bob Etheridge also said he's running.

Faison is launching the first television ad in the in governor's race, airing the 30 second spot in all statewide markets beginning Wednesday. The ad portrays him as someone who fights "for the little guy" and pitches his plan to create jobs statewide.


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  • citizensoldier16 Feb 22, 2012

    Yet another Bev Perdue crony. This guy even LOOKS like a crook! Good thing he's irrelevant. He's never been in the news, never made any media-covered appearances. Pat McCrory will be the next governor anyway.

  • cwood3 Feb 21, 2012

    Bevvie was "respected" as well. She was respected as a puppit of the machine of Marc basnight and Tony Rand!! Walter may be the same!!

    Pat will be the next governor!

  • Obviousman Feb 21, 2012

    I suppose the sarcastic references regarding the "empty governor seat" can be likened to the "empty headspace" of the current and potentially future elected Republican leadership. Incompetency abounds regardless of party affiliation!

  • OnlyTheBestWillDo Feb 21, 2012

    just another Bev Perdue

  • beachesnc Feb 21, 2012

    All of you who do not know Walter Dalton may need to take the time to get to. He is a very respected man. You will not find anything negative on him and he has in no way anything to do with Bev. If you want more corruption, higher taxes and a pampas individual then maybe you better vote for McCroy.

  • cindylouwho Feb 21, 2012

    Looks like many of you haven't heard of Lt. Governor Dalton. If you are keeping up with what is going on in your state, then the name should at least be recognizable. You elected him so time to find out about the man before slamming him. He is an honest, sincere, humble man who cares deeply about the individuals of this state.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 21, 2012

    We all need to be sincere and careful in voting on the right person to put in the governor's office. Lets not make the same mistake again like we did with Purdur.

  • barbstillkickin Feb 21, 2012

    Who the heck are these people coming out from under the rug trying to get elected as Governor. I will never vote for a person who has never proved them selves to me that they care for the people not the title and power.

  • Screw WrAl Feb 21, 2012

    Sing it with me Roger,

    "we won't get fooled again" yeah, yeah.

  • Mom2two Feb 21, 2012

    I don't know which lineup is more pathetic: the list of democrats vying for governor or the list of republicans lined up for president.